By: Dan Esche (@DanTheFlyeraFan)
The Flyers head to Carolina in desperate need of two points against a divisional foe. the Flyers need to get back to their winning ways after losing four straight as they try to hang around in the wildcard picture.
First period: A period dominated by penalties exposed the Flyers’ weaknesses early. A weak penalty kill and a barren powerplay left the Flyers at the mercy of the Hurricanes. The Flyers guilty of penalties were Manning for high-sticking and Patrick double minor for high-sticking. Lindholm capitalized on the back half of the double minor as he walked in unprotested, giving the Canes the 1-0 lead.
Second period: Another period marred by penalties, but this time neither team managed to take the advantage. Carolina still looked like the faster team, but a late period goal by Simmonds tied the game up heading into the third.
Third period: This was a much closer period, as both teams wanted the two points and didn’t want to risk losing the game. Both teams had multiple good opportunities including a tic-tac-toe chance that Simmonds couldn’t bury.
Overtime: The Hurricanes came out swinging and dominated the whole period, and after some questionable decisions by the refs, Jordan Weal shocked us all with an innocent shot that found its way past Cam Ward with 3.1 seconds left.
Takeaways: Hey, what are you gonna do. At this point two points is two points. This certainly wasn’t the most beautiful game, and the special teams needs to be way better all around. But there were flashes of offensive potential, so go back to the drawing board and figure things out and thank their lucky stars they won this game.
Three stars of the game:
3) Cam Ward
2) Jordan Weal
1) Brian Elliott
CAR: Lindholm (Faulk, Teravainen)
PHI: Simmonds (Patrick, Voracek)
PHI: Weal (Gostisbehere, Filppula)
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